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Lueshite

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Formula:
NaNbO3
System:
Orthorhombic
Colour:
Black
Hardness:
Name:
Named by A. Safiannikoff in 1959 after the type locality of Lueshe mine, D.R. Congo.
This page provides mineralogical data about Lueshite.


Classification of Lueshite

Approved
4.CC.30

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
C : Metal: Oxygen = 2: 3,3: 5, and similar
C : With large and medium-sized cations
4.3.3.4

4 : SIMPLE OXIDES
3 : A2X3
18.1.2

18 : Niobates and Tantalates
1 : Niobates and tantalates containing neither rare earths nor U

Physical Properties of Lueshite

Colour:
Black
Hardness (Mohs):

Optical Data of Lueshite

Type:
Biaxial
Dispersion:
r > v very strong

Chemical Properties of Lueshite

Formula:
NaNbO3
Elements listed in formula:

Crystallography of Lueshite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Class (H-M):
mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) - Dipyramidal
Cell Parameters:
a = 5.5269(10) Å, b = 5.5269(10) Å, c = 7.8180(10) Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1 : 1 : 1.415
Unit Cell Volume:
V 238.81 ų
Comment:
Space group Pbnm (non-standard setting) (Mitchell et al. 2014).

Type Occurrence of Lueshite

Relationship of Lueshite to other Species

Other Members of Group:
BarioperovskiteBaTiO3
Isolueshite(Na,La)NbO3
Loparite-(Ce)(Na,REE)Ti2O6
MacedonitePbTiO3
MegawiteCaSnO3
PerovskiteCaTiO3
TausoniteSrTiO3
4.CC.AllendeiteSc4Zr3O12
4.CC.Yttriaite-(Y)Y2O3
4.CC.05ChrombismiteBi16CrO27
4.CC.10FreudenbergiteNa2(Ti,Fe)8O16
4.CC.15GrossiteCaAl4O7
4.CC.20ChlormayeniteCa12Al14O32[◻4Cl2]
4.CC.25YafsoaniteCa3Zn3(TeO6)2
4.CC.30LatrappiteCa2NbFe3+O6
4.CC.30NatroniobiteNaNbO3
4.CC.30PerovskiteCaTiO3
4.CC.30BarioperovskiteBaTiO3
4.CC.30LakargiiteCa(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3
4.CC.30MegawiteCaSnO3
4.CC.35Loparite-(Ce)(Na,REE)Ti2O6
4.CC.35MacedonitePbTiO3
4.CC.35TausoniteSrTiO3
4.CC.35Isolueshite(Na,La)NbO3
4.CC.40CrichtoniteSr(Mn,Y,U)Fe2(Ti,Fe,Cr,V)18(O,OH)38
4.CC.40Davidite-(Ce)(Ce,La)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)20(O,OH)38
4.CC.40Davidite-(La)(La,Ce)(Y,U,Fe)(Ti,Fe)20(O,OH)38
4.CC.40Davidite-(Y)(La,Ce,Na,Ca,Pb)(Y,Fe2+,◻)(Fe2+,Mn2+)2(Ti,Fe3+,Nb,Zr)18O38 (hypothetical)
4.CC.40LandauiteNaMnZn2(Ti,Fe)6Ti12O38
4.CC.40Lindsleyite(Ba,Sr)(Zr,Ca)(Fe,Mg)2(Ti,Cr,Fe)18O38
4.CC.40Loveringite(Ca,Ce,La)(Zr,Fe)(Mg,Fe)2(Ti,Fe,Cr,Al)18O38
4.CC.40Mathiasite(K, Ba, Sr)(Zr, Fe)(Mg,Fe)2 (Ti,Cr,Fe)18O38
4.CC.40SenaitePb(Mn,Y,U)(Fe,Zn)2(Ti,Fe,Cr,V)18(O,OH)38
4.CC.40Dessauite-(Y)(Sr,Pb)(Y,U)(Ti,Fe3+)20O38
4.CC.40Cleusonite(Pb,Sr)(U4+,U6+)(Fe2+,Zn)2(Ti,Fe2+,Fe3+)18(O,OH)38
4.CC.40Gramaccioliite-(Y)(Pb,Sr)(Y,Mn)Fe23+(Ti,Fe3+)18O38
4.CC.45DiaoyudaoiteNaAl11O17
4.CC.45HawthorneiteBaMgTi3Cr4Fe22+Fe23+O19
4.CC.45Hibonite(Ca,Ce)(Al,Ti,Mg)12O19
4.CC.45LindqvistitePb2Mn2+Fe16O27
4.CC.45Magnetoplumbite(Pb,Mn)(Fe,Mn)12O19
4.CC.45PlumboferritePb2(Fe3+,Mn2+,Mg)11O19
4.CC.45YimengiteK(Cr,Ti,Fe,Mg)12O19
4.CC.45HaggertyiteBaFe42+Fe23+Ti5MgO19
4.CC.45NežilovitePbZn2Mn24+Fe83+O19
4.CC.45BatiferriteBaTi2Fe83+Fe22+O19
4.CC.45Hibonite-(Fe)(Fe,Mg)Al12O19
4.CC.45BarioferriteBaFe123+O19
4.CC.50Jeppeite(K,Ba)2(Ti,Fe)6O13
4.CC.55ZenzénitePb3Fe4Mn3O15
4.CC.60Mengxianminite (of Huang et al.)(Ca,Na)3(Fe,Mn)2Mg2(Sn,Zn)5Al8O29
18.1.1LithiotantiteLiTa3O8
18.1.3NatroniobiteNaNbO3
18.1.4FranconiteNa(Nb2O5)(OH) · 3H2O
18.1.5NatrotantiteNa2Ta4O11
18.1.6IrtyshiteNa2(Ta,Nb)4O11
18.1.7Rankamaite(Na,K)3(Ta,Nb,Al)11(O,OH)31
18.1.8Hydropyrochlore(H2O,□)2Nb2(O,OH)6(H2O)
18.1.9CalciotantiteCaTa4O11
18.1.10RynersoniteCaTa2O6
18.1.11Microlite Group
18.1.12BelyankiniteCa1-2(Ti,Nb)5O12 · 9H2O (?)
18.1.13LatrappiteCa2NbFe3+O6
18.1.14Hochelagaite(Ca,Na,Sr)(Nb,Ti,Si,Al)4O11 · 8H2O
18.1.15Bariomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.16ParabariomicroliteBaTa4O10(OH)2 · 2H2O
18.1.17Bariopyrochlore (of Hogarth 1977)A2Nb2(O,OH)6Z
18.1.18AlumotantiteAlTaO4
18.1.19SimpsoniteAl4(Ta,Nb)3O13(OH,F)
18.1.20Sosedkoite(K,Na)5Al2(Ta,Nb)22O60
18.1.21Thoreaulite(Sn2+,Pb)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.22Stannomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.23FoorditeSn2+(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.24ChangbaiitePbNb2O6
18.1.25Plumbopyrochlore (of Skorobogatova et al.)A2Nb2(O,OH)6Z
18.1.26Plumbomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.27StibiocolumbiteSb(Nb,Ta)O4
18.1.28StibiotantaliteSb(Ta,Nb)O4
18.1.29Natrobistantite
18.1.30Cesplumtantite(Cs,Na)2(Pb,Sb3+)3Ta8O24
18.1.31Stibiomicrolite (of Groat et al.)
18.1.32Cesstibtantite
18.1.34BismutotantaliteBi(Ta,Nb)O4
18.1.35Bismutomicrolite (of Hogarth 1977)
18.1.36Tantalite-(Mn)MnTa2O6
18.1.37Gerasimovskite(Mn,Ca)(Nb,Ti)5O12 · 9H2O
18.1.38Tapiolite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.39Columbite-(Mn)(Mn,Fe)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.40WodginiteMn2+Sn4+Ta2O8
18.1.41Ixiolite(Ta,Nb,Sn,Fe,Mn)4O8
18.1.42Columbite-(Fe)FeNb2O6
18.1.43Tantalite-(Fe)FeTa2O6
18.1.44Columbite
18.1.45Tantalite(Mn,Fe)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.46Tapiolite(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.47Tapiolite-(Fe)(Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
18.1.48Columbite-(Mg)(Mg,Fe,Mn)(Nb,Ta)2O6
18.1.50Strüverite(Ti,Ta,Fe)O2
18.1.51 Staringite(Fe,Mn)x(Ta,Nb)2xSn6-3xO12

Other Names for Lueshite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Lueshit
Russian:Луешит
Simplified Chinese:钠铌矿
Spanish:Lueshita
Traditional Chinese:鈉鈮礦

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Lueshite

Reference List:
Wood, E.A. (1951) Polymorphism in potassium niobate, sodium niobate, and other ABO3 compounds. Acta Crystallographica: 4: 353-362.

Vousden, P. (1951) The structure of ferroelectric sodium niobate at room temperature. Acta Crystallographica: 4: 545-551.

Safiannikoff, A. (1959) Un nouveau mineral de niobium. Academie Royale Scientifique d'outre mer, Bulletin des Séances (Belgium): 5: 1251-1255. (in French)

Fleischer, M. (1961) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 46: 1004-1004.

Solov'ev, S.P., Venevtsev, Y.N., Zhdanov, G.S. (1961) An X-ray study of phase transitions in NaNbO3. Soviet Physics - Crystallography: 6: 171-175.

International Mineralogical Association (1962) International Mineralogical Association: Commission on new minerals and mineral names. Mineralogical Magazine: 33: 260-263.

Sakowski-Cowley, A.C., Lukaszewicz, K., Megaw, H.D. (1969) The structure of sodium niobate at room temperature, and the problem of reliability in pseudosymmetric structures. Acta Crystallographica: B25: 851-865.

Seidel, P., Hoffmann, W. (1976) Verfeinerung der kristallstruktur von NaNbO3. N. Bestimmung der absoluten konfiguration und des zwillingsgesetzes. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie: 143: 444-459.

Mitchell, R.H., Burns, P.C., Knight, K.S., Howard, C.J., Chakhmouradian, A.R. (2014) Observations on the crystal structures of lueshite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals: 41: 393-401.

Mitchell, R.H., Welch, M.D., Chakhmouradian, A.R. (2017) Nomenclature of the perovskite supergroup: A hierarchical system of classification based on crystal structure and composition. Mineralogical Magazine: 81: 411-461.

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Localities for Lueshite

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Australia
 
  • New South Wales
    • Gordon Co.
Spandler, C. & Morris, C. (2016): Geology and genesis of the Toongi rare metal (Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta, Y and REE) deposit, NSW, Australia, and implications for rare metal mineralization in peralkaline igneous rocks. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 171, 104 (24 pages).
Canada
 
  • Québec
    • Montérégie
      • La Vallée-du-Richelieu RCM
        • Mont Saint-Hilaire
Horváth, L and Gault, R.A. (1990), The mineralogy of Mont Saint-Hilaire Quebec. Mineralogical Record: 21: 284-359.
      • Lajemmerais RCM
        • Varennes & St-Amable
HORVÁTH, L., PFENNINGER HORVÁTH, E., GAULT, R.A., and TARASSOFF, P. (1998) Mineralogy of the Saint Amable sill, Varennes and Saint Amable, Québec, Canada. Mineralogical Record, 29, 83 118.
Horváth, L., Pfenninger-Horváth, E., Gault, R. A., & Tarassoff, P. (1998): Mineralogy of the Saint-Amable Sill, Varennes and Saint-Amable, Québec. Mineralogical Record, 29: 83-118.
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre) (TL)
 
  • Kivu
Acad. Roy. Sci.Outre-Mer, Brussels, (1959) 5, 1251-1255
Egypt
 
  • Red Sea Governorate
    • Eastern Desert
Gehad M. Saleh (2007) Rare-Metal Pegmatites from the Southeastern Desert, Egypt: Geology, Geochemistry, and Petrogenesis. International Geology Review Vol. 49:824-843.
Greenland
 
  • Kujalleq
    • Narsaq
Petersen, O.V. (2001): List of all minerals identified in the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland. Geology of Greenland Survey Bulletin. 190, 25-33
        • Kangerluarsuk Fjord (Kangerdluarssuq Fjord)
          • Head of Kangerluarsuk
Pekov, I.V. et al. (2002): Karupmollerite-Ca, (Na,Ca,K)2Ca(Nb,Ti)4(Si4O12)2(O,OH)4.7H2O, a new mineral of the labuntsovite group from the Ilimaussaq alkaline complex, South Greenland, Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte, Vol. 10, 433-444
          • Qeqertaussaq Island
Soerensen, H. (1962): On the occurrence of Steenstrupine in the Ilimaussaq massif, southwest Greenland, Meddelelser om Groenland, Reitzels Forlag Koebenhavn
Sørensen, H. (1962): On the occurence of Steenstrupine in the Ilimaussaq massif, southwest Greenland. Meddelelser om Grønland. 167. Reitzels Forlag København. 251 p.
Russia
 
  • Eastern-Siberian Region
    • Sakha Republic (Saha Republic; Yakutia)
[World of Stones 12:49]
  • Northern Region
    • Murmanskaja Oblast'
      • Kola Peninsula
        • Afrikanda
Chakhmouradian A.R., Zaitsev A.N. (1999): Calcite–amphibole–clinopyroxene rock from the Afrikanda complex, Kola Peninsula, Russia: mineralogy and a possible link to carbonatites. I. Oxide minerals. - Canadian Mineralogist, Vol.37,pp. 177-198.
        • Khibiny Massif
PEKOV, I.V. & NIKOLAEV, A.P. (2013) Minerals of the pegmatites and hydrothermal assemblages of the Koashva deposit (Khibiny, Kola Peninsula, Russia). Mineralogical Almanac 189(2), 7-65.
        • Kovdor Massif
N.V. Chukanov et al.: Zap. Vses. Mineral. Obshch. 133(1):59-72 (2004)
www.koeln.netsurf.de/~w.steffens/lovo.htm
      • Northern Karelia
Pekov, I. (1998) Minerals First discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union 369p. Ocean Pictures, Moscow
USA
 
  • Colorado
    • Fremont Co.
Minerals of Colorado (1997) E.B. Eckels
"Minerals of Colorado, updated & revised", p. 16, by Eckel, Edwin B., 1997; USGS Prof Paper 649
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